• Studio: Gkids
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2013
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Aug 2, 2013
    60
    It's a light, breezy 1960s-set coming-of-age tale that strives to convey something of how Japan rebuilt itself after the traumas of the second world war.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Williams
    Jul 29, 2013
    60
    Not on a par with Ghibli's greatest work like Totoro or Spirited Away but not without charms of its own. A solid second effort from Miyazaki Junior.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Jul 19, 2013
    60
    If Miyazaki Jr elevates the material, it’s through style. Dripping with watercolour warmth, the rapturous images convey how a country’s efforts to right itself resonate with the young.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 14, 2013
    60
    Even with no wood sprites, witches or spells, there’s plenty of magic in this coming-of-age charmer.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 21, 2013
    50
    The movie looks lovely, but it's luminous prose.
  6. Reviewed by: Caroline McKenzie
    Mar 11, 2013
    50
    The story arc is somewhat facile, and its lesson about preserving history instead of demolishing it to make way for new, shiny things is too obvious.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 4, 2013
    10
    One of Ghibli's best, very much akin to Whispers of the Heart but without the magic cats, and with characters a bit more down to earth, with aOne of Ghibli's best, very much akin to Whispers of the Heart but without the magic cats, and with characters a bit more down to earth, with a greater sense of community. Full Review »
  2. Mar 18, 2013
    10
    From Up on Poppy Hill is a beautiful film. It has charm, harmony and hopefull for new generations. Like "Only Yesterday" and "Ocean Waves",From Up on Poppy Hill is a beautiful film. It has charm, harmony and hopefull for new generations. Like "Only Yesterday" and "Ocean Waves", "From Up on Poppy Hill" is an another traditional and folklore Studio Ghibli film. Full Review »
  3. Mar 18, 2013
    8
    From Up on Poppy Hill is a delightful Gibili anime. Ditching the fantasy motifs completely, the movie tells an understated story of young loveFrom Up on Poppy Hill is a delightful Gibili anime. Ditching the fantasy motifs completely, the movie tells an understated story of young love and it's obstacles. The film is sweet, subtle and delivers a superbly animated vision of a newly post war Japan. Excellent stuff, as usual! Full Review »